Tri­bune Pub­lish­ing news­pa­per pro­duc­tion dis­rupted by mal­ware

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - News - By Robert Chan­nick rchan­[email protected]­bune.com Twit­ter @RobertChan­nick

A com­puter virus dis­rupted pro­duc­tion of the Chicago Tri­bune and other Tri­bune Pub­lish­ing news­pa­pers across the coun­try, the com­pany said Satur­day.

The print edi­tion of the Chicago Tri­bune was pub­lished Satur­day with­out paid death no­tices and clas­si­fied ads, while in other mar­kets a s i mi l a r l y slimmed-down ver­sion of the Satur­day news­pa­per will be de­liv­ered Sun­day.

Tri­bune Pub­lish­ing news web­sites were not af­fected, and no cus­tomer in­for­ma­tion was com­pro­mised, the com­pany said Satur­day.

“This is­sue has af­fected the time­li­ness and in some cases the com­plete­ness of our printed news­pa­pers,” Tri­bune Pub­lish­ing spokes­woman Marisa Kol­lias said in a state­ment. “Our web­sites and mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions, how­ever, have not been im­pacted.”

Tri­bune Pub­lish­ing dis­cov­ered the pres­ence of mal­ware Fri­day that af­fected some sys­tems used to pub­lish and pro­duce news­pa­pers across the com­pany, Kol­lias said.

The com­pany is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mal­ware at­tack and “mak­ing progress” to re­solve is­sues with its news­pa­per pro­duc­tion, Kol­lias said.

Tri­bune Pub­lish­ing also re­ported the at­tack to the FBI on Fri­day.

“There is no ev­i­dence that cus­tomer credit card in­for­ma­tion or per­son­ally iden­ti­fi­able in­for­ma­tion has been com­pro­mised,” Kol­lias said.

All Tri­bune Pub­lish­ing news­pa­pers were af­fected by the mal­ware, with the South Florida Sun Sen­tinel, for ex­am­ple, un­able to pro­duce its pa­per in time for Satur­day de­liv­ery. Those news­pa­pers will be de­liv­ered Sun­day, the com­pany said.

Satur­day edi­tions of sub­ur­ban Chicago news­pa­pers the News-Sun and the PostTri­bune also will be among those to be de­liv­ered Sun­day.

In South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, for­mer Tri­bune Pub­lish­ing news­pa­pers the Los An­ge­les Times and San Diego Union-Tri­bune were af­fected by the same mal­ware, with many home de­liv­ery cus­tomers ex­pe­ri­enc­ing de­lays and some not re­ceiv­ing the pa­per at all.

Los An­ge­les Times spokes­woman Hil­lary Man­ning said the com­pany is work­ing to re­solve the com­puter prob­lems, but de­liv­ery is­sues may linger through­out the week­end.

Tri­bune Pub­lish­ing com­pleted its $500 mil­lion sale of the Los An­ge­les Times and San Diego Union-Tri­bune to biotech bil­lion­aire Pa­trick Soon-Shiong in June, but still pro­vides print­ing and other ser­vices to the Cal­i­for­nia news­pa­pers in an on­go­ing tran­si­tion ser­vices agree­ment.

For­merly known as Tronc, Tri­bune Pub­lish­ing also owns The Bal­ti­more Sun; The Hart­ford Courant; the Or­lando Sen­tinel; the New York Daily News; the Cap­i­tal Gazette in An­napo­lis, Md.; The Morn­ing Call in Al­len­town, Pa.; the Daily Press in New­port News, Va.; and The Vir­ginian-Pi­lot in Nor­folk, Va.

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